Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Edwin Diaz today announced that he has named Gilbert Barraza as principal of Pasadena High School. Mr. Barraza will be introduced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 24. He replaces Derick Evans, who retired after eight years as principal of PHS.
With his leadership and outstanding record as an educator, Mr. Barraza will guide Pasadena High School to even higher levels of academic achievement for every student, said Diaz. His experience, expertise, and ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and parents will help accelerate achievement and enhance PUSDs leadership team.
Mr. Barraza joins PUSD from the Calexico Unified School District, where he served as principal of Calexico High School since 2004. As principal, he led the re-constitution of the campus and helped the school earn a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. During his tenure, seventeen of the schools graduates won the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships, Calexico High School earned national recognition for its Advanced Placement program, and was named a silver medalist in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report for its college-going culture.
I am honored, proud and, and ready to join the PHS Bulldog community, said Mr. Barraza. I am committed to providing consistent leadership, fostering collaboration and plenty of two-way communication with all stakeholders.
Prior to his appointment at Calexico High School, Mr. Barraza was assistant principal of Eastwood Heights Elementary School in El Paso, Texas; and activities director at Bel Air High School, also in El Paso. He began his career as an English teacher at Hanks High School in El Paso in 1989.
Mr. Barraza holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Masters in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University. He has a California Clear Administrative Services Credential.